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St Albans Court

Hob Uid: 1504445
Location :
Blackburn with Darwen
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : SD6888528738
Summary : Three thirteen-storey slab blocks built as public housing using the Sectra industrialised building system. The blocks contain 183 dwellings in total, consisting of 72 one-bedroom flats and 111 two-bedroom flats. The blocks are of storiform construction clad with precast concrete panels. The panels are faced with exposed white Cornish aggregate. Spandrel panels set with black Shap granite aggregate are used under the gable kitchen windows. The blocks were designed by the Borough architect in association with Sydney Greenwood. Construction was approved by committee in 1966.
More information : The blocks were commissioned by Blackburn County Borough Council. (1)

The Primary and Alternate addresses are the individual addresses of each block; all are current and of equal status.

The Alternate Name is the name that was given to the contract for the development. (1)

The Birley St blocks were the third multi-storey public housing development to be constructed in Blackburn. The contract included children's play areas, reinforced concrete garages, parking areas, footpaths and some landscaping. The Blackburn County Borough Architect was Cyril Fretwell. McKinney were responsible for the foundation work, which consisted of laying the large diameter bored piles on which the blocks stand. (2)

John Laing Construction Co. Ltd.'s tender for the contract was £717,255. (3)

The development was one of several developments negotiated as a package with John Laing Construction Co. Ltd., whereby Laing would construct three blocks per annum over the course of five years. (4)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Tower block : modern public housing in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Source details : Gazetteer 1
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Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Personal archive of Dr Miles Glendinning held at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
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Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Minutes of the Blackburn CBC Estates and Housing Committee, 17th June 1963, reproduced in the personal archive of Dr Miles Glendinning held at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
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Source Number : 4
Source : Externally held archive reference
Source details : Minutes of the Blackburn CBC Estates and Housing Committee, 13th June 1966, reproduced in the personal archive of Dr Miles Glendinning held at Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Mid 20th Century
Display Date : Construction approved 1966
Monument End Date : 1966
Monument Start Date : 1966
Monument Type : Tower Block, Slab Block, Council Flats
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Late 20th Century
Display Date : Constructed 1967
Monument End Date : 1967
Monument Start Date : 1967
Monument Type : Tower Block, Slab Block, Council Flats
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SD 62 NE 60
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, TOWER BLOCK DATABASE PILOT PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 2009-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31